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Sanibel Museum & Village enhances garden with new markers

By Staff | Apr 22, 2011

Maryann Czarnecki marks one of the village's live oaks.

The Sanibel Historical Village and Museum has been enhanced with new garden signs which mark native and non-native plants and trees.

Museum docent/volunteer Maryann Czarnecki worked with Jenny Evans from the SCCF Native Plant Nursery to identify the village’s plant species and then create the weather-proof, laminated signs. Maryann lives year-round on Sanibel and is a Master Gardener. She also volunteers at the Native Plant Nursery, helping to propagate and re-pot seedlings and young plants.

The museum is grateful to Evans and her staff at SCCF for the use of their computer and software program. Each marker contains information about the plant or tree and its habitat and growing conditions.

“Our visitors from up north are always fascinated with our native plant species, which are so different than what they’re used to,” Czarnecki said. “This helps them to learn a little bit about the Sanibel flora while they tour the village and learn about Sanibel history.”

The Sanibel Historical Village, a museum consisting of seven historic buildings brought to the location from other island sites, is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG Arts) and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults (18 and over). Members and children are free.

SCCF garden marker identifying Florida’s native tree, a cabbage palm.

For more information, call 472-4648 during business hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.